The food processing industry provides roughly 60% of the foods consumed by U.S. households, and approximately 93% of the food purchased by U.S. wholesale suppliers. Furthermore, almost all of that food contains packaging of some kind, making the reaches of the food and beverage processing and packaging industries enormous. And while anyone knows that the number one priority of the food and beverage industry is food safety, and that this can never be compromised, the industry is increasingly aware of more efficient practices and ways for making energy and water savings more mainstream.
Facilities that process food and beverage, as well as those that package them, typically consume a significant amount of water. And since safety is the top priority, it can prove tricky to reduce water use at times. The EPA recommends energy and water savings plans such as cogeneration, solar process-heating systems, implementation of green infrastructures, and use of water-saving products.
While combining and effectively implementing all of this can be a challenge, the use of more efficient products might be the easiest way to get started. For instance, choose a product such as Emerson Industrial’s System Plast Nolu-S, which features UHMW impregnated solid lubricants to reduce friction. It makes very high speeds possible, even while running dry, leading to decreased water use and increased energy efficiencies. While the operational benefits of Nolu-S—including extremely low coefficient of friction, extended chain life/reduced chain pull, and no damage to the PET’s surface— are appealing, the reduction of energy and water consumption have environmental benefits that are critical for us all.
In this day of smarter, greener business practices, when we now know the impact we all have on our planet, it’s important to be efficient whenever possible. And while it can seem daunting, there are plenty of small but significant ways to contribute to the cause. Choosing more efficient products is one of them.